What to Expect

Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in beautiful, spacious guest accommodations overlooking our gardens. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.

Course and retreat participants at OAEC can also expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.

Visitor Information


The course fee is $950 per participant for individuals and $900 per person for members of school teams (2 or more from the same school). This covers materials, instruction & staff costs and onsite accommodations including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals during the training. We cannot offer additional scholarships. Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity.  Payment in full is due at the time of registration.  See the course registration page for our cancellation policy.

More Information

By connecting to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with a STREAM focus, the course supports school teams to incorporate school gardens into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.

Through a combination of hands-on sessions, trips to local school gardens, and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, participants gain experience in:

  • the basics of organic gardening & permaculture design
  • pedagogical approaches to teaching outside and project-based learning
  • school-wide systems integration such as farm-to-cafeteria
  • organizing skills to engage the larger neighborhood & community



Contact Program Associate Cooper Freeman to discuss your district’s participation.

resilient school

Participants will be inspired to integrate the following ecological content and systems into their schools:

  • Botany and seed saving
  • Cooking from the garden, nutrition & food justice
  • Soil biology, vermiculture & composting
  • Wildlife, pollinators & habitat gardens
  • The water cycle: Rainwater harvesting, irrigation, and more!

Academic Credit

Through Sonoma State University, participants can receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units or 2 units of Academic Credit. If you wish to receive credits, please bring a separate check or credit card. Current fees are $90 for the CEUs, and $130 for Academic Credits. To receive these units, participants must attend all five days of the session.

School Garden Teacher Training Employer Justification

If your employer is looking for justification as to why you should attend our School Garden Teacher Training course, this document is intended to help you communicate to them what you will learn at the workshop and how it will contribute to your job function.  Click here for the SGTT employer justification letter to download a template that you can customize to fit your needs.


“I am incredibly impressed with the OAEC facilities and staff. You can feel the experience, expertise and time and energy in every intentional detail. Thank you for creating and sharing your space: a true renewal for all who experience it.”

“It was truly an amazing week chock full of thought provoking ideas. I expected to learn about school gardens, and I’m leaving with a vigorous, life-changing vision of the world and my role as a teacher and parent.”

“Eight years into creating a native plant habitat at our school and my vision is still founded on principles learned at the OAEC School Garden Teacher Training. We were recognized as Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year by the Sonoma County Conservation Council.”